A Maruti Suzuki service station with many cars on its premises went up in flames on Thursday afternoon. While employees at One Auto Pvt Limited said 15 to 18 cars were damaged, the fire and emergency services minister, Sujit Bose, put the count at 30 after visiting the spot.
The extent of damage at the facility in Jagadipota, off EM Bypass, could not be ascertained till the evening.
The unit – located a little more than a kilometre from Metro Cash & Carry, towards the interior of Mukundapur – has a covered area where 18 cars can be examined and repaired simultaneously.
“The compound also has space for another 70 to 80 cars,” an official at the service centre said. At the front, on the ground floor, was the staff office.
“We have not been allowed inside the unit for safety reasons. The firefighters are still working inside,” an official told The Telegraph in the evening.
Witnesses said a portion of the 30,000sqft unit, where accessories and tools were kept, caught fire around 2pm. Soon after, the fire spread across the premises. As news of the fire spread, several car owners rushed to the spot to check on their vehicles.